The USC Beaufort softball team won its first two games in the Savannah State Lady Tiger Invitational on Saturday.
The Sand Sharks (4-0) beat the host Tigers 9-7 in their first game of the day and rallied for a 4-3 win over Brewton-Parker on senior Melanie Goolsby's game-ending two-run double in the nightcap.
Junior Taylor Triplett was the star for USCB against the Tigers, going 4 for 4 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Her grand slam in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and put the Sand Sharks ahead for good. Sam Boland went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run, and Maddie Byrd added two hits and an RBI.
Ashlie Layman (2-0) battled against a strong hitting Savannah State team, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits in a complete game.
USCB took a 2-0 lead in the first on Triplett's RBI double and Byrd's run-scoring single, but the Tigers answered with two in the second on consecutive RBI doubles. Boland broke the tie with a two-run shot to left in the fifth, but Savannah State again responded with two in the bottom of the inning.
Triplett's base-clearing blast to center in the sixth proved to be to much for the Tigers to answer. They got one back in the bottom of the sixth, but USCB manufactured a run in the seventh for a 9-5 lead. Savannah State pushed across two in the bottom half and had the tying run at the plate before a groundout to third ended the threat.
The bats weren't as effective against Brewton-Parker, but they came up big when needed most. Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, the Sand Sharks pushed across a pair of runs on Missy Hughes' RBI single and Sammi Shaffren's sacrifice fly to tie it.
The Barons regained the lead in the top of the eighth, but Goolsby pinch hit for Hughes with runners at the corners in the bottom of the inning and lined a double into the gap in right-center to score the tying and winning runs.
The rally made a deserving winner of freshman Kendall Jumper (1-0), who was outstanding in her collegiate debut. Jumper, who was pressed into the start with ace Kristy Cook home sick, went all eight innings and struck out nine while allowing three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits.
USCB is scheduled to play two more games in the tournament Sunday, facing Morgan State at 11 a.m. and Savannah State at 1:15 p.m.
The final game of the USC Beaufort baseball team's Sun Conference series against visiting Webber International was postponed until 11 a.m. Sunday because the outfield was deemed unplayable following rain Saturday morning in Hardeeville.